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Electricity saving tips

With the announcement that consumers will be hit with a 12.69% electricity tariff hike next year, we thought some electricity saving tips would be helpful:


  • If you’re not using an appliance, switch it off at the plug.


  • A geyser uses on average 39% of all household electricity; switch off your geyser during the day and only put on 30 minutes before needing hot water.


  • Insulate geysers and water pipes as this will help the water to stay hot for longer. Reduce the maximum temperature setting for your geyser/ thermostat, to 60ºC.


  • Instead of a long bath rather shower, as showers use less water and energy. Energy and water-saving shower heads use up to 40% less water and electricity.

electricity saving tips

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs, and switch off lights in unoccupied rooms.


  • Don’t leave appliances (TVs, DVD players, music systems, cell phone chargers and other electrical equipment) in stand-by mode – rather switch them off completely.


  • To save money in your kitchen close fridge doors as quickly as possible when taking items out – do not leave the door open for longer than necessary.


  • When cooking on your stove, match the pot with the size of the stove plate. Put the lid on while cooking.


  • When possible, use your microwave to cook rather than your oven – it’s quicker and lighter on energy.


  • Try to boil only the water you need instead of boiling a full pot or kettle every time.


  • Track your electricity consumption and costs. What you measure you can manage.


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